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In his exhibition running until Nov. 7, Alejandro Cartagena has curated a selection of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s vast collection of publicly shared selfies. (Photo courtesy of Alejandro Cartagena, from the official website of the office of the President of Mexico)

Alejandro Cartagena
A presidential guide to selfies

Opening Reception: October 17, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – Nov 7
Location: VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition Space, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Commons, St. Catharines

Visualizing space and some ideas of homeownership 2006-2018
Public Lecture: October 17, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Robertson Theatre, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines

Alejandro Cartagena, an internationally known artist currently living and working in Mexico, will be leading a public lecture and exhibition on October 17 as part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ annual Walker Cultural Leader Series. A presidential guide to selfies, explores the intersection of politics, social media connectivity and celebrity culture by exhibiting photos from the official website of the Mexican presidency, entitled “My picture with the president.” Cartagena looks at whether the images are intended to connect the Mexican people with their President – or whether they are simply an exercise in vanity as his poses with his ‘fans.’ The exhibit is free and open to the public.


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Alejandro Cartagena, an international award-winning artist, self-publisher and editor who lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico, will present a lecture and exhibition as part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Series Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy of Alejandro Cartagena)

Following the reception, Cartagena will be giving a lecture that will explore his past works to present different ways to think about the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. Visualizing space and some ideas of homeownership 2006-2018, is free to attend but space is limited. Registration is required by visiting the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Friend, at afriend@brocku.ca.

The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. This education program is generously founded by Marilyn I. Walker. Please join us.


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In his public lecture on Oct. 17, Alejandro Cartagena will explore issues of home and ownership through the use of his work such as Carpoolers, which documents migrant workers riding in the back of vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Alejandro Cartagena)

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